Feedback-a-thon Time: on April 2nd at 10 am EST / 2pm UTC
How did you decide to make this textbook?
Partly egged on by @zoe and @apurva and partly driven by the lack of a good and basic textbook on Visual Studies (a very young discipline and taught at a very few Universities) a group of University scholars and non-University professionals (with experience in school text book publishing, commercial and academic publishing editorships, and authors with cross-genre writing experience ) have come together to work on this textbook. Visual thinking and visual judgements are getting increasingly crucial in not just academic scholarships but also in our day-to-day decision making politics of existence and sustenance.
What are you trying to achieve with this textbook?
The world today, flooded with manufactured images, is increasingly biased towards visual thinking.
Discourses and worldviews are constantly being made and unmade with a controlled circulation of images. It has only been a few decades since images - even images that are not ‘art’ - have been acknowledged academically as sources of knowledge as valid as written texts or spoken words.
The methods of how we are supposed to read and know images have long been influenced by
how we are supposed to rate good art by European standards. Visual thinking is anything but easy- because the meanings of images vary widely in time, space and culture. We might become prone to over-readings, under-readings and misreadings. Help needs to be taken from various other ways
of knowing to make sure we are not making the images tell us exactly what we want them to.
This graduate level Visual Studies textbook, divided in fifteen parts, is a timely primer to effective visual thinking both globally and locally.
What have you done so far?
We have got primary consent from each of our team members for participation and identified four existing texts as our primary sources: 1. a postgraduate level course reader of ‘Visual Arts : Theory and Aesthetics’ ( http://bit.ly/2tfO95P, with the consent of Dr. Parul Dave-Mukherji, the author of the course structure and tutor of this course.) 2. Berger, John. Ways of seeing . Vol. 1. Penguin UK, 2008. 3. Mirzoeff, Nicholas. How to see the world . Penguin UK, 2015. 4. Warburton, Nigel. The art question . Routledge, 2013. (also, by the same author: https://philosophybites.com/aesthetics/)
Who is on your team?
As all the team members are yet to open their profiles in this platform so sharing their names and descriptions in alphabetical order.
@ajantadas.13 (Visual Studies Scholar, successfully defended her MPhil from School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
@Jyotsna (Publishing Industry Professional (Editing), Masters from SAA-JNU )
Rubina Saife (Textbook and Pedagogy Professional (Public and Private Institutions))
Sandip K Luis (Visual Studies Scholar, about to defend his PhD from SAA, JNU)
@znagree (Independent Visual Arts Researcher and Art Writing Professional, Masters from Art Institute of Chicago )
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